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Illinois Green Ribbon Schools

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Every school in Illinois can start on the path towards a more green and sustainable future.  Whether a school district is considering a renovation or construction project, reviewing operations and maintenance practices, planting a school garden, or updating curriculum, there is an opportunity to make our schools more cost-efficient, environmentally friendly and healthier places of learning.

The Illinois Green Ribbon Schools program recognizes schools that are leading the way to promote sustainability and environmental education. Working in partnership with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), USGBC-Illinois accepts applications from schools that integrate best practices in energy, water and waste management, healthy school environments, and environmental education.  Winning applications for the Illinois Green Ribbon program demonstrate progress and achievements in each area of the three pillars:

  1. Reduce environmental impact and costs;
  2. Improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff; and
  3. Provide environmental education, which teaches many disciplines, and is especially good at effectively incorporating STEM, civic skills, and green career pathways.

Applications are scored by a panel of individuals with strong backgrounds in the three pillars. The top scoring schools are submitted to the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Program for consideration at the national level.

Click here for the 2017 application.  The deadline for submitting the 2017 Illinois Green Ribbon Schools application is Friday, December 16 at noon.

Dates to Remember 
Click here for the 2017 application.2017 Illinois Green Ribbon Schools Application Opens Thursday, September 1, 2016
Applications Due12:00 PM on Friday, December 16, 2016
Selected nominees submitted by Illinois School Board of Education to the U.S. Department of EducationWednesday, February 1, 2017
National Green Ribbon Schools Award Winners AnnouncedMonday, April 24, 2017


USDE Green Ribbon Schools Website

USDE Green Ribbon Schools Fact Sheet

Green Strides: Tools to Green your School

Past Illinois Green Ribbon Schools Winners

2015: River Trails Middle School, Mt. Prospect, IL


If you have questions or need technical assistance filling out the application please email [email protected] or call (312) 245-8300.

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